Amid the frantic pace of modern life, it’s not surprising that many of us look to the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start. My personal resolutions are about budgeting, but they also are closely related to simplicity. I’m trying to focus more on what I have and less on what I don’t.
In this spirit of simplicity, I’ll be creating seasonal capsule wardrobes in order to figure out what I truly love to wear. Capsule wardrobes involve narrowing your closet down to roughly 40 pieces, including clothing and shoes; accessories can be mixed in freely. My hope is that narrowed down options will mean less time stressing about what to wear and more time living life.
Though cutting down my wardrobe seemed daunting at first, it actually was way easier than I thought. I ended up with the breakdown below, though capsules will look different for everyone; if you love to wear dresses, than by all means, include more dresses and fewer pairs of jeans. The point is to wear only what you truly love.
January -March Capsule:
4 pairs of jeans (My job has a casual dress code and I wear jeans almost every day)
2 overalls (because obviously)
1 short sleeved t-shirt (for layering)
6 blouses / tops
12 sweaters (I know I know, this is a lot of sweaters. But if you live anywhere close to New York in the winter, you’ll understand.)
2 winter coats (1 black wool, 1 water repellent parka)
2 lighter jackets (for when the temps hopefully rise in March!)
1 pair clogs (fur lined fur sure)
1 pair tall boots
3 pairs ankle boots (1 black leather, 1 brown leather, 1 suede)
1 pair sneakers
1 pair suede heels
1 pair snow boots (unfortunately these must be included)
At the end of each season, I’ll reassess my capsule’s success; was there anything I didn’t wear at all this season? If so, should I continue to keep it around? And was there anything I felt like was missing and regularly wished I had? Then maybe it’s time to add something new to my collection.
The real point of a capsule is to learn what you do and don’t love to wear; that way you can focus on only wearing those things all the time. In turn, less money will be spent on pieces that spend the rest of their life in the back of your closet, tags still on.
I’ll be checking back in with my Spring (SPRING!!!) capsule wardrobe in mid-March. Here’s to a simpler, curated wardrobe.
Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? Would you ever try one?
Photo by Emily Barbeau